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1. “Sometimes into Asheville, sometimes Memphis town / The revenooers chased him, but they couldn’t run him down.” Who sang — and wrote — these lines from the 1958 pop hit “The Ballad of Thunder Road”? 2. Before Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, he first tried it […]

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1. What writer caused a furor in Chapel Hill in 1931 with his poem about the Scottsboro Boys, nine black teenagers unjustly accused of rape in Alabama? 2. What are the four “-villes” among North Carolina’s 15 largest cities? 3. What N.C. airport has the longest commercial runway between Washington and Atlanta? 4. Advertising Age […]

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1. “And I always remember that whatever I have done in the past or may do in the future Duke University is responsible in one way or another.” — Who spoke these words at a Greensboro campaign rally in 1960? 2. What crucial contribution to the tobacco industry was made by a slave in Caswell […]

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1. True or false: At the time of George Washington’s inauguration in 1789, North Carolina had yet to ratify the Constitution. 2. A panel of journalists and historians assembled by the Associated Press ranked what three events as the top stories of 20th century North Carolina? 3. In what sport does Whoopdedoo represent North Carolina’s […]

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1. With what other state does North Carolina share the subject of its statehood quarter? 2. Name the three largest “-boros” in North Carolina. 3. True or false: The first use of “redneck” noted by the Oxford English Dictionary, in 1830, referred to North Carolinians. 4. What musician — a graduate of Laurinburg Institute in […]

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1. What is Carolina muddle? 2. In Look magazine’s 1956 issue on “The South vs. the Supreme Court,” what North Carolinian contributed “The Case for Segregation”? 3. “To such an open declaration by the Marion businessmen that they will assist Capital to choke Labor, can there, on the part of workers, be any conceivable answer […]

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1. True or false: More than one in four of the Americans named Zeb live in North Carolina. 2. Sherwood Anderson based his 1932 novel “Beyond Desire” on what N.C. event? 3. What late U.S. senator was born in North Carolina as Cornelius Calvin Sale Jr.? 4. What 17-year-old gave up painting and turned to […]

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1. True or false: Until “Birth of a Nation” — the movie version of Thomas Dixon’s “The Clansman” — it never occurred to the Ku Klux Klan to burn crosses. 2. What ship at the center of an international incident in 1975 began its existence as a Liberty Ship built in Wilmington during World War […]

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1. What are the six poisonous snakes found in North Carolina? 2. Greensboro surgeon John Lyday served as the model for what well-known movie and TV character? 3. True or false: North Carolina has no buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. 4. “Positively no dogs of any size, value, color or ugliness allowed. Guests who […]

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1. Evelyn Lincoln, secretary to President Kennedy, wrote that on the eve of his trip to Dallas he had told her he might replace Vice President Lyndon Johnson on the 1964 ticket with what North Carolinian? 2. “Your name is James. You’re twenty-three. You live in North Carolina.” These words appear in what controversial 2004 […]

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